Recovered Memories

Posted: 10 Jan 2008

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Elizabeth F. Loftus

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; University of California, Irvine School of Law

Deborah Davis

University of Nevada, Reno

Abstract

The issues surrounding repressed, recovered, or false memories have sparked one of the greatest controversies in the mental health profession in the twentieth century. We review evidence concerning the existence of the repression and recovery of autobiographical memories of traumatic events and research on the development of false autobiographical memories, how specific therapeutic procedures can lead to false memories, and individual vulnerability to resisting false memories. These findings have implications for therapeutic practice, for forensic practice, for research and training in psychology, and for public policy.

Keywords: childhood sexual abuse, therapy, false memory, influence, repression

Suggested Citation

Loftus, Elizabeth F. and Davis, Deborah, Recovered Memories. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 2, April 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1081483

Elizabeth F. Loftus (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior ( email )

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University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-7085
United States

University of California, Irvine School of Law

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Deborah Davis

University of Nevada, Reno ( email )

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Reno, NV 89557
United States

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